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post #1 of 13 Old 05-27-2016, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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I've been up the coast on 101 (cutoff to Tacoma) and may go again depending on weather. Any don't miss roads inland? I would like to see the Grand Coulee Dam on the way. Staying on pavement all the way. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-27-2016, 11:25 PM
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Google Aufderheide Memorial Drive, and MacKenzie Pass. Both you don't want to mis. I would also recommend Hwy 218 from Antelope to Fossil. All not to be missed roads.

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post #3 of 13 Old 05-28-2016, 12:44 AM
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US 395

If you can get onto I-80, go to Reno and then North on U.S. 395. You would RON at Burns OR and stay on US 395, which will take you to Pendleton OR. There you could remain on US 395/I-84, or go north on SR 11 to Walla Walla and then go NNW and join up with US 395, which will take you to Spokane, probably to Division St, where 395 goes to Canada. You can easily divert north off US 395/ I-90 to get to Grand Coolee. Once you leave Sparks NV there are nice things to see but little else. Alturas CA may be the largest town but it only has one gas station so you have watch fuel state on this route until you get to Burns. South of Burns it is as baren and God Forsaken as I have seen. North of Burns to Pendleton it's Pondarosa Pine forests, up and down and twisty, A really nice moto road. Lunch at DG in John Day to pick up a free E. ORE moto map. I just did this on DL650. If I-80 is the wrong way for you, go to Crater Lake out of about Ashford OR and then nearly to Bend OR and east on US 20 to Burns and FPR. Butler Maps has a great US 395 map from Carson City to Lone Pine CA but you'd nearly have to go south to Bishop to run it north as I think there is still too much snow to run east from the Valley.
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Thanks guys for the tips.

MC. It looks really good. I think I will go up that way. Sac to Westfir is about 435 miles (6+/- hrs). The Aufderheide Memorial Drive looks like 60 mile at 35 mph and there doesn't look like much between Rainbow & Redmond. Does that sound right? So it's stay at Oakridge or drive on to Sisters-Redmond (which might be to far). I'm not packing camping gear. Do you think the MacKenzie Pass will open by July? Planning on travailing on all 3 of your suggested routes.

WB. I have been over every Sierra pass and 80 is the most boring to me but it is the fastest. I have been up 395 and up north I'm not as impressed with it as south of Tahoe. I haven't decided on my return route yet, so I may use it on the return. Then again ID, MT, UT, NV back?
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Id do the 80 to Reno, then up 395/31 to Bend, then jog East on 20 to Ontario,OR cross into Idaho and go 95 north to Lewiston and onto Spokane. Lots of diversity of roads-mostly 2 lane highways once you leave 80 in Reno. Depending on timing stop south of Burns at Crystal Crane hot springs for a nice camp/soak. You could also avoid Bend, but who would want to and go through Bend, and veer onto 395 straight to Burns. Or better yet veer right on 140 at Lakeview go onto 205 north to Fields then do the Steens loop-probably still not completely open then onto The back road that goes to Crane where the hot springs are. From there go to Burns and John Day or Ontario. Then onto Walla Walla or Lewiston. Souynd confusing??? Check yer maps
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I've been up the coast on 101 (cutoff to Tacoma) and may go again depending on weather. Any don't miss roads inland? I would like to see the Grand Coulee Dam on the way. Staying on pavement all the way. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Pick any roads.. all I can say is I did it "one-way" from Southern Kalifornication to Spokane (work)/Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (live) back in 1997 and never looked back! YOLO!

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Thanks for more options!

SB: Sounds like you like Bend. Never been there. Is it the roads to & from or the city itself? I have followed your routes on the map. It is a more direct route. I understand getting off the interstates but from here, I have to take some of them to get anywhere and for me its better to burn down a interstate than to ride a two lane through nothing. Wildbill mentioned there is not much till you get north of Burns. Madchap's roads look very interesting, ever been over them?

Since I have never been over them and I may not get up that way again, I would like to see more than less.

mikes: I envy you! Born & raised here and getting fed up with CA.
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With all due respect to others, 395 is boring, Burns area is boring...except if you did the Steens Loop, but that's a lot of riding to get there.

Ontario to Lewiston on 95 is a great road as well.

I used to live in Ontario, now live just north of Bend, the routes I've suggested are some of the best riding in Oregon. All the squids come over from Portland on weekends just to do the Antelope to Fossil run. Just keep your eyes peeled for deer if you're riding morning or evening.

I'm away from my computer on vacation right now otherwise I could route you from Fossil further towards Lewiston. But Rattlesnake grade is another her awesome ride north from Enterprise, OR and that leads you to the Anton grade.

If you ride gravel/dirt, there are a lot of other suggestions I could make.

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Check out Belknap hot springs . It's an Ole hotel with hot springs at the north end of the Aufderheide. Not too bad of prices.otherwise it's Oakridge or Sisters (expensive)or Redmond for a motel.

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Agreed

US. 395, about 10 miles N of Burns, climbs and descends through forests and is wonderful and I've done it twice even though it takes me a whole day to enter the bottom from the Seattle Area. South of that point to CA border it is the sheer desolation that is the ride but I won't do it again either. From CA border to just above Sparks, it is rolling farmland, lots of water, and it so uncalifornia except that gas does increase $1/gal as soon as you get into CA. Bend was a nice place to get supplies for Sun River Summers or winter sports in the 80's. It is now an expensive, over grown, crowded, over rated, yuppiefied, colony of Portland Liberals. Madras, Sisters, and other towns in E OR for some reason never went viral. Carson City used to be Carson City and Bend used to be Bend today the main difference between them is CC is not yet avoidable (if you could) but it is working on it. You can kinda avoid Bend but for some reason when you exit east, US.20 is in the boondocks within less than a mile of US 97. Bend is spread out north and south and you can't avoid that coming from CA unless you veer out NE before you get to Bend as suggested above and below. I took a route including about 10 miles of dirt. IMO Burns 395 is worth it only because of the run north to Pendleton. You could get off 395 at Ukiah, NE on SR 244 to LeGrand, SR 83 to Elgin & Enterprise then N SR 3 to Clarkston. This is a wonderful run in the south Blue Mts and 3 big ups and downs with gobs of hairpin turns with great sight distances. Lewiston is across the river, and everybody telling you about the run on US 95 to Moscow and Plummer is right on. But the best route into this network for you is likely US 97 at Weed on I-5 to a point south of Bend at Knott Rd, Rickard Rd to US 20. There is nice Best Western in John Day but I'd have to think about how to do this from SAC. When you get onto US 20 SE of Bend, you've got nearly 3 more hrs to get to Burns and, OR used to be a reasonable and prudent speed limit state before Jimmy Carter proved to Portland liberals they would bring in a lot of sheeves if they got more liberal about the matter. But in all fairness, back then they didn't pay state police $200k/year
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